About this group
Laleston Scout Field is 1 1/2 acre area of land on the boundaries of the small Village of Laleston to the west of Bridgend in South Wales. It fell into disuse 20 or more years ago when the local scout group folded. It is owned by Bridgend district scouts and is for the use of all scout groups in the district. The nettles and especialy the brambles flourished, and so over the last couple of years we have established a project group from within the groups in the district, and have been gradually reclaiming it, but we are keen to keep plenty of vegetation for wildlife, shelter and screening.
We (Bridgend District Scouts) are hampered in doing this because there is no road access, so all clearing has to be done by hand rather than by bringing in a tractor or other heavy machinery.
We also have no services to the land so have no electricity, gas or even water. Thus our main need is to generate our own.
We are hoping to erect a basic storage building initially, which will give us a means of collecting rain water to store underground, but will need power to pump it up through a filtering system for use. Our initial idea is a combination of wind and solar panels for this. Our other power needs will only be for lighting initially, so a battery system will be needed. If enough power can be gererated, a refrigerator would be invaluable for camping and cooking activities.
In the long term we would also like to install a compost toilet which will need lighting, and a solar thermal solar system could heat water for washing and showers.
The field has already been used for outdoor activities and environmental work by over 200 young people from local Beaver, Cub, Scout and Explorer Scouts, but will be accessible to more people, and for more activities with the addition of these things.
The site is also close to the local primary school and we are planning partnership working to enable the school to use the area for relevent portions of the curriculum.